Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Apron

My daughter-in-law asked me to make an apron for her sister's birthday. I played around with a few different ideas and came up with this design.

I used some Mary Englebreit kitchen-y embroidery designs on the yoke.

I continued the log cabin strip theme on the pockets. I always line my aprons so I don't use binding around the edges - all the seams are enclosed. The double layer gives more protection as far as spills go, I think. I hope she likes it.  Thank you for visiting today. Love, Derrith

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fun Pennant Project

We had our annual holiday crafts night for our women's group at church this week. I volunteered to make the pennants for each class. It was a fun little project.

These were done with polka dot burlap. This was the class I taught. I made chalkboards to fit each person's frame and then we played around with chalk board art.

Here is one example - we played around with lots of themes.
This was another fun class - a set of 4 Halloween pillows.

We had 3 different variations of wreaths to choose from using burlap and various embellishments.

I used red burlap and scrapbook paper and of course, a little glitter.

This class was for cute, easy to make "crease-less" hair bands.

More burlap - this time pink with polka dot felt for the letters and little painted clothes pins.  Now it's time to get my house cleaned up and move on to my sewing projects! Hope to see you again soon. -Derrith

Friday, October 18, 2013

Falling In Love With...

May I just tell you how much I love this book?! If you love Susan Branch, England or a sweet love story, you must read this book.  It is the perfect book for curling up on the couch in a cozy blanket with a cup of cocoa (or tea) and just ESCAPING.

It is hand written, with charming photos and drawings and embellishments, which makes it especially fun to read. It makes it so personal. I loved Susan Branch before, but now, I feel like we are dear friends! It is a diary of sorts of her trip through the English Countryside, and I didn't want it to end. I am on my second reading now. Since I am in the mood, I am sharing a few images of the English countryside with you. (These are not from the book)

I'm so glad you stopped by. Life is crazy at the moment with some projects I'm working on - I'll share those in a few days. Have a lovely weekend! -Derrith

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October Quilt Group Show and Tell

Our numbers were small this month, but there was no shortage of love and laughter. Darlene showed us this fantastic wall hanging she machine appliqued. The detail and workmanship is perfection. My computer isn't cooperating with me today, so my pictures arent' ending up where I put them. The cute machine embroidery above was done by Barb and the other picture is of the two post cards that were exchanged this month.

Margi did this banner on her machine. She also does a beautiful job with her machine embroidery.

Barb shared her magnificent quilt she has hand appliqued. It is amazing as you can see. I love the initials at the bottom - so romantic.

Here is a close up of one of the blocks. I love her choice of fabrics.Well, thank you, friends  for dropping in today. See you next time.  Love, Derrith

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Block Two - Done

I have just finished Block Two on my "Pumpkin Hill" quilt.

I took a "needle turn" applique class last week with Nancy Chong, so now I have two appliqued techniques to experiment with. I'll check back with you soon.  Love, Derrith

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Serving Up Style

This weekend I attended a Home and Garden Show. As part of the event, there was a competition called "Serving Up Style" where several designers created showcase dining rooms. It was like the "White Room Challenge" on HGTV, except the designers had months to prepare and a generous budget to work with. It was so fun to see the different ideas the designers came up with and I thought you might enjoy seeing them too. Here are some of the best:

The actual lighting in most of the vignettes was dimmed and moody.  The flash on my camera pretty much ruined that effect but you can see much more detail this way.

Fun light fixture!

There were lots of different chalkboard effects as you will see below.

I have included a few closeups of the place settings when I thought they were interesting.

This one was called "Color Bomb".

Fur placemats!

I thought this was very cool.

There were lots of fun ideas I could take from many of the rooms. I hope you can too. Thanks for visiting today!  Love, Derrith